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FIFTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1967

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Winnipeg, Canada • July 24 - August 6, 1967


After capturing the gold medal at the first three Pan American Games, the United States saw its 'golden' streak halted as Brazil captured first-place honors at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. The USA women finished with the silver medal and a respectable 6-2 record, but both defeats came at the hands of a much improved Brazilian team that had lost to the U.S. in the 1963 Pan Am finals.

1967 USA RESULTS (6-2)
Brazil 60 USA 42
USA 48 Mexico 44
USA 59 Canada 46
USA 62 Cuba 48
Brazil 59 USA 54
USA 52 Mexico 42
USA 43 Canada 42
USA 51 Cuba 44

1967 PAN AM GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Brazil (8-0)
2. United States (6-2)
3. Canada (3-5)*
4. Mexico (3-5)*
5. Cuba (0-8)
*Final standings determined by point differential between tied teams.

The 1967 United States Pan American team was coached by Alberta Cox of the AAU Raytown Piperettes and featured seven players from Cox's Raytown Piperettes squad and the team also featured eight players from Cox' 1967 USA World Championship team that had finished 11th in the World Championship that was held April 14-23 in Czechoslovakia.

Unlike so many other USA teams, this team relied on its defense. Scoring an average of just 49.5 points a game, the USA's defense was the key, limiting opponents to just 48.1 points a game. In each of the United States' six victories, the U.S. women held their opponents to under 49 points.

Falling in the Games' opening contest against Brazil 60-42, the U.S. defeated in succession Mexico, 48-44, Canada, 59-46, and Cuba, 62-48. It's gold medal hopes still alive, the U.S. played Brazil much tougher the second time around, but still came out on the short end of a 59-54 score.

Rebounding from the loss to Brazil, the Americans went on to claim wins over Mexico, 52-42, Canada, 43-42, and Cuba, 51-44. Finishing 6-2, the U.S. claimed the silver medal, while Brazil won the gold with a perfect 8-0 record, and Canada earned the bronze with a 3-5 overall mark.

Leading the U.S. squad to its silver medal finish were Barbara Ann Sipes and Carole Phillips Aspedon, who averaged 13.5 ppg. and 11.5 ppg., respectively.

1967 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION/SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Carole Phillips Aspedon F 5-11 26 Raytown Piperettes Kansas City, MO
Catherine Benedetto G 5-10 21 Central Washington University Salem, OR
Myrna DeBerry C 6-6 20 Ouachita Baptist University Hot Springs, AR
Mary Lois Finley F 6-0 20 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) Claude, TX
Betty Gaule F 20 Raytown Piperettes (Mo-K.C.) Clearfield, IA
Lola Ham G 5-6 20 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) LaVerne, OK
Judy Matlock F 29 Raytown Piperettes (Mo-K.C.) Pryor, OK
Carolyn Miller F 5-10 29 Houston Jets (Wayland Baptist) Palestine, TX
Annette Kay Rutt G 22 Raytown Piperettes (Ill. St.) Sterling, IL
Barbara Ann Sipes C 6-3 32 Raytown Piperettes (Iowa Wes.) Kansas City, MO
Mauriece Smith G 25 Raytown Piperettes (Mo-K.C.) Overland Park, KS
Dixie Woodall F 27 Raytown Piperettes Kansas City, MO
HEAD COACH: Alberta Cox, Raytown Piperettes (MO)
ASSISTANT COACH: Olan Ruble, Iowa Wesleyan College
MANAGER: Margaret Downing, Southern State College (AR)

1967 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
PTS/AVG
Barbara Ann Sipes 8
108/ 13.5
C. Phillips Aspedon 8
92/ 11.5
Mary Lois Finley 8
38/ 4.8
Judy Matlock 6
24/ 4.0
Catherine Benedetto 8
30/ 3.8
Myrna DeBerry 8
27/ 3.4
Dixie Woodall 8
25/ 3.1
Carolyn Miller 7
21/ 3.0
Lola Faye Ham 8
17/ 2.1
Betty Gaule 5
8/ 1.6
Annette Kay Rutt 2
3/ 1.5
Mauriece Smith 2
3/ 1.5
USA TOTALS 8
396/ 49.5
OPP. TOTALS 8
385/ 48.1

NOTE: United States' official point totals is 411, however cumulative statistics total only 396. Fifteen points remain unaccountable.

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